Chet Holifield Federal Building

Chet Holifield Federal Building24000 Avila Road
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

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The Chet Holifield Federal Building is one of Orange County’s largest and easily recognizable buildings with its unique ziggurat-style architecture. The federal building is located between Alicia Parkway and La Paz Road at the Avila Road cross street. It is also the site of a large 3,840-cell photovoltaic system that produces 914 KiloWatts of electricity annually to support building operations.

Biweekly Tenant Update

November 30, 2016

The air sampling results for the Chet Holifield Federal Building continue to indicate there is no recognized health hazard in the areas sampled at this property. The building remains safe to occupy.


  • GSA contractor, J. Davis Construction, continues to progress in the removal of asbestos containing materials (ACM) in the 28,227 square feet of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) - Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) space located on the southwest corner of the first floor. ACM removal has been completed in Room 1400 and the area has been cleared. Application of new fireproofing in the supply room and ACM removal in Room 1425 is scheduled to begin this week. All work is performed after building hours, under containment, with third party oversight, testing and clearances by H2 Environmental. Full abatement is estimated to be complete in January 2017, at which time the USCIS Refresh Project will continue.

  • GSA’s Remediation Contractor, Argus Contracting, continues to work on ceiling tile repairs and replacements throughout the building. Work has been completed in common corridors on floors two through six. Argus is now working on the first floor common corridors. Significant progress has been made in completing the repairs in agency space. GSA is working with the agencies to schedule escorts in the remaining agency occupied space that are in need of ceiling tile repairs or replacements.


  • Cleaning of two air handlers was completed on November 22, 2016.


The results from Federal Occupational Health (FOH) quarterly testing conducted on November 9-10, 2016, have been received and were below the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) re-occupancy level. FOH is currently preparing the final report which will be posted in the Reading Room on the Chet Holifield Federal Building website. The next round of testing will be conducted in March 2017.


  • GSA is currently updating the building Operations and Maintenance Plan. This work is being performed by GSA contractor, Millennium Associates. As the plan will require a comprehensive building survey, GSA will be coordinating after hours access to agency space for Millennium to collect the required samples. The sampling began on November 28, 2016, and will take approximately 30 working days to complete. GSA expects the updated Operations and Maintenance Plan to be completed later in 2017. For the present time, GSA manages ACM for the building in accordance with the current building operations and maintenance plan.

  • The Asbestos Stabilization Environmental Study will provide planning, logistics and associated services to define the requirements for a contractor to perform removal of asbestos containing material within the first floor. GSA contractor, Tectonics, is the environmental consulting firm performing the study. Millennium and Tectonics are coordinating testing plans, where possible, to reduce the disruption to tenants. Testing began on November 28, 2016, and is expected to be completed December 6, 2016. As part of the study, GSA and Tectonics will be setting up meetings with agencies on the first floor that will be impacted by this project. Discussions will include temporary relocations and swing space options during the phases of the project. GSA expects to set up discussions by no later than early January 2017. GSA will keep tenant agencies informed of our progress.

  • GSA is assessing the feasibility of a repair and alteration prospectus project for the long-term resolution of building system upgrades and the remaining ACM in the building. GSA has contracted with KMA/HRD to develop a feasibility study in support of the submission of this project. The study will assess alternatives and fully develop the scope, schedule and cost of the preferred alternative in support of the FY19 prospectus. The study is 50 percent complete and will be fully completed to support the spring FY17 prospectus submission deadline.


Mitigate - This stage is currently in progress. The scope includes addressing the immediate concerns including clean-up, monitoring, investigation, planning, communication and removal of ACM.

Stabilize - The scope for this stage includes focusing on ACM removal primarily on the first floor. GSA requested funding for this stage. If the request is approved, work will begin in late 2017 and is scheduled for completion in 2020.

Resolve - The scope for this portion is for infrastructure and building systems upgrades including seismic (ensures building is in compliance with current earthquake resistant codes). ACM will be removed, or encapsulated if removal is not feasible. GSA will request funding for this stage in 2017. If the request is approved, work will begin in 2020 and is scheduled for completion in 2024.


The Chet Holifield Federal Building web page and online reading room are active. The most current and past tenant updates are available in the online reading room. The Federal Occupational Health air sampling report, dated July 22, 2016, is posted in the reading room. GSA will continue to share the latest information for access by building tenants.

All test results are available in the GSA Field Office, Suite 4100, for review.


  • Agency representatives must contact GSA Building Facility Asbestos Control Manager, Samantha Shintaku at 949-360-2033 or, prior to performing work in the building. Agencies must follow all required procedures and regulations when performing work in the building.

  • In order to adhere to the ACM Operation and Maintenance Plan and to ensure the safety of the building tenants, all agencies must coordinate through and consult with GSA prior to performing any additional environmental testing in tenant controlled space. However, no further testing or investigation is allowed above the ceiling anywhere in the building unless authorized by GSA in writing. Ceiling tiles are not to be opened, removed or moved in any manner in order to prevent disturbing potential ACM above the ceiling. Please ensure all employees are informed of this requirement.

  • GSA will emphasize clear communication by providing signage to let tenants know when contractors need to access ceiling tiles in areas cleared of ACM. Also, GSA will maintain appropriate controls and caution signage per the Asbestos Technical Guide for work above suspended ceilings where ACM is present.

  • Notify the GSA Field Office at 949-360-2022 immediately if there are any concerns regarding work in the building or access above the ceiling system.

Last Reviewed 2016-12-01